The /m/ sound is spelled with <m> or <mm>. The /n/ sound is spelled with <n>, <nn> or <gn> in gnash.
This is a contrast between two voiced nasal continuants, one bilabial and one alveolar. It may be an occasional problem, especially when final in the syllable.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 2.1%. The lists make 244 semantic distinctions, a loading of 57%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, December 2010.